SCHEMES to help Torbay to reap the benefits of the South Devon Link Road have been given the green light.
It means the go-ahead for a major road and rail scheme aimed at ensuring traffic arriving and leaving by the new £109million link road doesn't end up in more jams.
A government cash package totalling £7million, coming on top of a previous £7.3million allocation, will help improve the flow of traffic directly into Torquay town centre, including reversing flows through Torre and road widening around Torbay Ring Road at Paignton, hopefully further boosting investment in the area.
a Torquay Gateway scheme costing £3.8million will pay for road junction improvements between Scott's Bridge, Shiphay and Gallows Gate on Hamelin Way. This aims to improve bottlenecks at Scotts Bridge, Lawes Bridge, Gallows Gate and Shiphay Lane. The first money is expected in 2015/16 and the main funding in 2016/17.
In addition there is £400,000 to change the traffic flow in Union Street in Torre, earmarked for 2015/16 which will also change the traffic route out of town.
£600,000 for new rail halts at Edginswell, Torquay and Marsh Barton in Exeter, adding to the funding already received via the Local Transport Board as part of the Devon Metro scheme which will strengthen Torbay's transport links with Exeter, Exmouth and the national network. The new rail stations will cost £5.4million.
There are plans for future development in the Edginswell area off Hamelin Way. Links will provide improved access into the Willows and Shiphay. The project is earmarked for 2016/17 to 2018.
A £2.6million loan to developers Galliford Try/Linden Homes to speed up the delivery of the approved 350 homes and new employment space at White Rock. The Torbay Ring Road junction is currently being improved.
The cash is part of £130million from Regional Growth Fund for the region for between 2015/16; and 2016/17 and on to 2021. The deal will unlock further investment of £140million.